Window of Hope 

Update on our proposed new stained glass window

Hope windowMost parish churches are full of memorials to the departed, but in recent years there has been a presumption against new memorials. If this continues, we might regret that our generation might be the one which made little or no distinctive contribution of our own parish churches.

Even buildings of very ancient foundation show the imprint of many stages and styles of development. Just suppose we could design and fund a really excellent new stained-glass window, very much of our time but in harmony with the rest of the building? Wouldn’t this be a wonderful contribution from our generation?

Keith and Jennifer Horne Roberts have worked on this, and a design has been commissioned for comment and discussion.

‘To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ (Colossians 1:27)

The designer, Helen Whittaker, has taken this verse to explore the Trinity (interconnecting circles), hope (the anchor), love (the cross) and faith (the dove for hope in Hebrews 11:1). The lower light levels and stronger colours at the base become brighter and lighter as they rise. Strong diagonals lead the eye upwards to the gleaming light of heaven right at the top. The bright colours are intented to appeal to children and adults alike, and to echo the East Window.